spring break and week after

So im actually on spring break, on a road trip.

I haven’t had any time to post before, so here I am.

Quick overview (probably not, itll be super long, just watch)

Saturday was triton’s day (for UCSD, for my brother) so I just went too. There was an insane amount of traffic…once we were like 2 exits away all hell broke loose. We stopped. Like dead stop, not moving. We then proceeded to move a foot ever 5 minutes or so. Not kidding.

We ditched that and went local. That took about an hour, but still faster. We then went to some 6th college welcome presentations and crap, and then to the fair to ask questions. Then we left.

But my mom left the keys in ignition, so we were out of battery. We had to get some strangers to jump start our car. Then the radio was broken because they connected the wrong cables.

But yeah. Got home eventually and packed. We left Sunday, reallllly behind schedule, and drove to UCLA. Our gps didn’t work, and we were totally screwed, so we got some friends to google map it for us. Then when we got there, we got a tour from a friend who goes there. It was waaaay helpful, and UCLA is so much prettier than UCSD, and there are waaaay more choices…..i would definitely go there, but my brother’s not sure.

Then we drove to USC, and just cruised around until we realized it was stupid to just look at the exterior of the campus at night with no information.

We went to a junky chinese restaurant and then went to our westin hotel. It was supposed to be really nice, so I was super excited, but it had horrible service.

We slept, then got up the next day and went to their posh pool/gym/jaccuzi thing. I was feeling super skinny :_

Then we rushed to  Caltech and got a really great tour from this girl. We had a hard time finding it because Caltech looks like a really pretty little cottage-ey neighborhood! We finally realized it, and got going. Just for the record, Caltech is the most beautiful college campus I have ever seen. Too bad, I would never go there even if I got in because I don’t particularily like math, or science, and I hate eingineering with a passion.

Harvey-mudd college and got a tour there from a really hot guy haha. That took us a while, and then we cruised around Pomona before heading to death valley.

We basically drove there, then stayed at this hotel called armagosa. It had a legend or story or whatever, with this lady who got stranded there (its in this tiny town that’s literally a diner, the hotel and a general store with like 5 shacks scattered around) and decided to buy the town, and then perform there forever, or something.

I actually thought it was kind of sad. Who would buy a town to perform in it?

Anyway, the hotel was kind of bad, but super expensive. The water was oddly slimy. I am not joking.

Annnnywho, the next day we toured death valley. We got up around 4:30 and went to see the sunrise at this peak, and we talked to a really nice (I think gay men) couple. They were from London.

Then we checked out the salt flats at the lowest point. We tasted the salt (not sure if that’s allowed, or recommended….ha). by then it was already pretty hot. Then we drove back to the hotel because we forgot to return their keys, and we ate at the diner and then took a mini tour of the opera house the lady performed in. then we drove back and went to Scotty’s castle, where we took a hilarious tour. By then its like 100 degrees and we are sweating our butts off, so we go the crater thingy. It was insanely windy. We were in a rush, so we left quick, and we hit the sand dunes. I wanted to hike to the biggest one, but my brothers got all whiny.

We tried to get to the Darwin falls, but it was too late, so we drove for another 100 miles or so to our hotel in this tiny, tiny town called lone pine.

That night, I was checking the weather in squaw valley, which is where we were headed next to visit and ski with my mom’s mentor. Well, there was a blizzard with 2 feet of snow and 40 mph gusts of wind at 19 degrees. So we couldn’t go. We were all disappointed, but we went to mammoth instead. It started snowing right away, and it snowed the entire time! We drove around looking for a board rental place, then we decided to go play in the snow! That we did for like 2 hours! It was great, and the snow was ammmaaaazzzzing.

But then right before we were about to leave, my bro K (who tore his ligament and since then has kept injuring it) tore it again. And then the mood was killed, and he couldn’t ski…it sucked.

So the next day, we headed off to go skiing and boarding, and he stayed at the hotel.

He didn’t seem that down, but I don’t know.

But the skiing was great. After a few intermediate runs, me and bro E went down the bluejay! It was so fun and lumpy….i felt accomplished because it was a black diamond.

I got crazy heavy snowing and fog around 4, plus that was when it closed, so we left. We returned our boards and stuff, and then we went out to thai food for dinner with bro K. then we headed to the charter house and caught the happy meal, then went back to the hotel and slept.

We left the next day in a panic because we figured from the hotel front desk that if we didn’t leave RIGHT AWAY, we would be snowed in and marooned on the mountain. So we busted our butt out. The car was covered in snow!

We drove down to LA and found a hotel to stay at. Guess what. Instead of a trusty cheap best western or something (I like to spend conservatively) we stayed at the hyatt. On the avenue of the stars. Why? Because we were meeting my mom’s friends and she wanted to impress them, im sure. We went to the pool. It was raining. It was fun.

We went out to meet these kids of her friend (like always…awkwardly set up by my mom) they were these privileged rich kids that were surprisingly nice, but still, you could tell they were used to nice stuff. Like the girl was talking about going to a really expensive music festival, and movie premieres, and all that no biggie. You know, my favorite designer is dior, I buy ‘everything’ from there. This girl is 13. Arg.

We went to dinner and I ordered this great salad that was literally a huge pile of spiniach, some chopped red beets, and a huge hunk of mozzarella cheese. No joke, just this random glob in the middle of my plate….good though. More rich people tendencies….they looked at the menu and decided all the appetizers looked yummy so they ordered one of everything! Came out to like 100 bucks just for the starter. Whaddayaknow?

The parents ditched us for drinks and cocktails and left us kids, so we hung out at the rich mall in Beverly hills, then went to the hotel and played hearts until midnight. Went to the elevator and pressed all the buttons on this 30 story building, then pretended to be clueless Asian tourists. Ive always wanted to do that. I know its bratty but come on. It was on my bucket list.

The next day we went to bruins day at UCLA. My brother E committed! Yay hes going to UCLA! J

Went to a chinese restaurant on the way home, then I literally konked out on my bed.

 

Now I didn’t get a chance to post this, but here’s how my week went.

Got home on Saturday. Sunday went to church. I went to my friend ERC’s little sister’s birthday party at pump it up, this jumpy place for little kids. So great. I got major plastic burn from falling, though.

Uneventful week. Back at track after two weeks of nothing. Switched seats in all my classes. In math Im bonding with my new table mates in math. In bio im not next to friend AH! Im next to this hipster guy who is plugged into his ipod all day….i don’t know his name. I have never talked to him. How do I, interrupt his music or what?

Worked with friend SS. It was ok.

Im feeling more and more unsure about friend EMC. She just seems like shes always trying to put me down, and im always second choice. Its confusing.

Track meet did not go well. Well, we beat the JV A team on relays, but I got 2nd on hurdles because of a really stupid mistake im ashamed to write up here. You know the dividing line between the lanes? Well I guess the blood rushed to my head when I popped up from the block or something because I couldn’t follow it. I swerved into someone else’s lane ( nobody noticed, so I wasn’t disqualified) but I was put in last place until I worked butt to catch up and matched with the first girl…almost.

Whatever. In practice on Friday, I redeemed myself by 3-steppingthe hurdle. Only freshman that could! EMC did really bad, and she actually fell!  I hope she was okay, but I actually felt a little smug about it. I am a terrible person, but seeing her fail at something for once was nice. Shes so perfect at absolutely everything, always has it together…ugh.

Friday night I went to church. Little did I know, it was a guy’s only night. Awkward.

This morning I went to this jazz band festival. We were the first group, so we were there at 7:20 am.

We played ok, and when the judges gave their oral comments, this one judge came up to me and showed me how to accent the beats 2 and 3 instead of 1 and 3, and improv and all that. Exactly what I wish I could have known and long time ago.

Then I got home and did nothing.

Really the most productive thing I did was clean my room and finally unpack my suitcase from a week ago!

I also discovered plantain chips with guacamole. Plantain chips, I swear, taste just like potato chips, but better.

Oh, and I watched this great video that both makes me feel like a horrible person and inspires me not to be at the same time. ok this isn’t the exact video, but its the same guy but i couldn’t find the full 45 minute speech but you can go look it up yourself! its truly amazing.

Well that’s it! phewwwww

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